July 1, 1927 – February 16, 2014
Obituaries » RUTH J. ALLEN
ALLEN, RUTH J., passed away peacefully February 16, at Menig Extended Care in Randolph. She was born July 1, 1927, in Randolph, the daughter of Glenn F. and Ella E. (Durkee) Allen. Ruth attended Randolph village school and graduated from Randolph High School in 1945. She continued her education, graduating from Castleton State College in 1949. Ruth taught in the Rutland Elementary, Bennington Elementary and Wethersfield (Conn.) Elementary school systems from 1949-1958. She was director of reading in the Ayer (Mass.) Elementary Schools from 1959-1961. During this time, she also worked toward and completed her Master of Education degree, with emphasis on elementary reading skills, from BU. Ruth was then hired by American Education Publications (AEP), owned by Wesleyan University (Connecticut), and later sold to Xerox Corp. (XEP). She was one of the several teacher consultants (and later, chair of the consultants group) who visited schools throughout the country giving demonstration lessons to classroom teachers, education workshops, college classes, etc., on ways to value and use many of the educational periodicals to promote learning skills in reading, social studies and science based on timely content/news. These weekly classroom publications ranged from K-6 of My Weekly Reader, plus secondary materials known as Read Magazine, Current Science and Current Events. 1969 found her answering the call to improve her educational skills, yet again, and she was off to BU to work on her doctorate in education, which she received in 1972. While at BU working toward her doctorate, she was a teaching fellow in the Language Arts and Social Studies Methods Department, an assistant for the BU Summer Reading Clinic and an assistant for the Workshop on the Improvement of Reading Instruction. Ruth then taught briefly at Worcester (Mass.) State College, attaining her lifelong goal, which was to teach reading education courses to students at the college level who were on their way to become teachers. Ruth completed her expansive educational career with 20 years as a college professor at Western Connecticut State College (UConn), in Danbury, Conn., where she was the director of the Reading Consulting Certification Program, which included instruction of graduate students. She retired in 1993 to Randolph. Her professional affiliations included membership in the International Reading Assoc., New England Reading Assoc., National Council for the Social Studies and Pi Lambda Theta (BU chapter). Ruth was an active and devoted member of the Christian Science Society of Randolph and held many church offices. She was also a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. Her many community affiliations during retirement included, but were not limited to, membership in the Randolph Singers, the historical society, the school board, volunteering at Chandler, mentoring and reading to children at the village school. Aunt Toot, as she was affectionately known to her many nieces and nephews, loved life and lived it on her own terms. She took them under her wing at one time or another, and encouraged them in their endeavors. Ruth enjoyed family gatherings, golfing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking, hiking, reading, playing bridge, Red Sox games, playing the piano, gardening, dining out, attending concerts, operas and plays, and traveling with her friends. She traveled extensively including destinations in Europe, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by siblings Ramona Dewey and Raymond Allen, a niece, Jannice Allen Maher, and a nephew, Lance Allen. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as several great-nieces and -nephews.